camera video, prompting criticism again today from conservative columnist, peggy nunan, who said the campaign was a rolling calamity >> what do you say to your fellow republicans who are -- >> stop it, this is hard, you want to try it. get in the ring. this is hard. >> reporter: some republican senate hopefuls are distancing themselves, like wisconsin's tommy thompson who warned a troubled presidential campaign could hurt other candidates, thompson's remark drew this response from former new hampshire governor and romney supporter. >> my good friend, tommy thompson, sounds like barack obama, blaming it on somebody else. mr. obama, meanwhile, continued his offensive, speaking by satellite to the aarp members >> i want to emphasize, they're not handouts. >> reporter: later, swiping about the comments. >> i don't see a lot of victims in this crowd today.